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Riding the Seattle Metro Transit bus system is an inexpensive way to get around Seattle. Seattle has a pretty decent public transit system, and if you are a visitor, the bus, the light rail system, and the famous Seattle water taxis should serve you pretty good. You could also try riding a streetcar if there is one near you.
Seattle has a little something for everyone – one-of-a-kind museums, wine and beer tours, scavenger hunts, seaplane tours, harbor cruises, whitewater rafting, and food tours! You also have iconic Seattle attractions like the Seattle Space Needle , Pacific Science Center, Chihuly Garden, and Glass, Seattle Aquarium and the Boeing Factory. We have collated a list of all the best things to do in Seattle – from must-see Seattle hotspots to must-do activities.
Seattle is best known for its seafood with salmon and shellfish taking top honors. Another must-eat Seattle food is the infamous Seattle dog which is a hot dog or sausage liberally covered in cream cheese and grilled onions. Seattle (home of Starbucks) is also known for its coffee obsession. Craft beers and award-winning wines and chocolates are other must-try food and drinks in Seattle. Seattle has plenty of choices for the fervent foodie with authentic international food choices, including Japanese, Korean, French, and Italian.
Seattle is a pretty awesome place for shopping. Downtown is the retail district, and a stroll through downtown Seattle would be your best choice for Seattle shopping. The Nordstrom flagship store is located downtown as is Pacific Place and Westlake Center. Several home-grown brands like Filson, Brooks Running, and REI have their stores there. Seattle also has plenty of non-fashion shopping options like glassworks and arts from artsy shops and galleries.
There are several neighborhoods in Seattle that a traveler can stay at – Queen Anne (centrally located), Pioneer Square (great nightlife), Capitol Hill (culture and music), Belltown (cool and happening) or Downtown (retail and shopping) if you looking for hotel bookings you can find ample options to suit your budget on Booking.com and TripAdvisor.
Yes, Seattle is a comparatively safe place to visit. The crime rate is pretty low, and you will feel safe walking around most neighborhoods in Seattle. Seattle has been named the safest city for pedestrians. Even so, travelers would do well to follow basic safety rules like not roam around in poorly lit places alone after dark or flash around large sums of money. Don’t leave your bags unattended and keep your things close to you.
The best time to visit Seattle would be July, August, and September. This is when Seattle has lovely, warm summers with clear skies. Be warned that this is also the time when hotels are likely to be crowded and busy. So, if you are looking to avoid that you would do well to visit during May/June or even October if the hot summer weather is not what you are looking for.